April 17, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan assistant volleyball coach Erin Virtue has been named an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team that will compete in the biennial NORCECA Women's U-20 Continental Championship July 6-14 in Guatemala, USA Volleyball announced today (April 17).
"I'm really honored to represent USA Volleyball and work with this amazing staff," Virtue said. "Thank you to Mark (Rosen) and the University of Michigan administration for allowing me to work with USA Volleyball this summer."
Virtue is no stranger to USA Volleyball. She was the associate head coach for the USA Volleyball Girls' Select A1 teams in the High Performance Championships last summer. This past December, Virtue traveled to Colorado Springs to coach as the USA Volleyball High Performance Girls' Holiday Camp. She also participated with the USA National A2 program in 2004, was a coach at the USA A2 camp in 2006 and served as an assistant coach for the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor National Girls' Select A1 program. Virtue also trained with the national team for a year (2005-06) before joining the collegiate coaching ranks.
The WJNT, comprised of athletes born in either 1996 or 1997, will be selected based on evaluations from USA Volleyball High Performance tryouts held earlier this year. The U.S. Women's National Training Team, with 18-24 athletes, will serve as the second tryout to determine which 12 players will represent the U.S. at the NORCECA Championship.
The NORCECA Women's U-20 Continental Championship serves as a qualification event into the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women's U-20 World Championship. The U.S. has won the event four of the past five times and five times overall. In the most recent edition held in 2012, Team USA finished with the bronze medal after losing to eventual winner, Dominican Republic, in the semifinals.
Virtue will be joined on the staff by Denver assistant Tom Hogan (head coach), Hawai'i assistant Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (assistant) and Portland assistant Nate Ngo (technical coordinator).
Virtue is one of four members of the Michigan volleyball program that will participate in USA Volleyball events this summer. Senior-to-be Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) was selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-China Tour and U-M head coach Mark Rosen will be a co-head coach on the China Tour from June 17-27. Sophomore-to-be Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) was named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., from June 22-July 1.
Contact: Kent Reichert